BTT Synthesizes Studies to Improve Conservation

According to BTT, the alterations of freshwater flows are having wide-ranging impacts on the ecosystem, which in turn is hurting the tarpon populations. As a result, BTT is trying to understand and plot a course to increase the asset of a tarpon fishery. The Neverglades Coalition will assist in planning and creating a new reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area. BTT believes this will decrease discharges down St. Lucie and the Caloosahatchee. It will also improve clean water to the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Also, BTT has significantly expanded their tarpon tagging program by conducting a study to track their movement, habitat and the impact of freshwater flows.  A genetics study and juvenile tarpon mapping will also be looked at in tandem with the tagging program. All the data will be used to improve conservation efforts particularly with resource management agencies.